Hossam Dirar (born in 1978 in Cairo, Egypt) is an Egyptian artist who has been based in Barcelona, since 2014. He obtained a BA and learned graphic design from the Fine Art Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo. Later, in 2008 he started to paint, then in 2011 as a result of the Egyptian Revolution, he decided to focus solely on his art. During this time, he traveled around Europe visiting art galleries and museums all of which significantly influenced him. For instance, in Vienna, he saw for the first time the works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, which are references for his present artworks. In 2016, he went on to study a Masters in Sound Art at the University of Barcelona.
Hossam is a self-taught artist who is continuously experimenting with new techniques. Also, he has a particular interest in Arabic, Al-Andalus (Spain) and Ancient Egyptian history; which is currently his main subject of his paintings. In addition, from these travels around Europe and Egypt, he has gained inspiration and learned about the difference between both cultures.
His works which are between figurative and abstract is considered by him to be the best way to express his ideas. He is better known for his works on large-scale oil canvas, in which he applies layers and layers of oil paint creating a great texture. However, he is actually a multi-disciplinary artist, whose main topics are questions of cultural identity and women’s rights. He expresses himself through different media, such as; painting, video, sound, and installation art.
2016 - 2018
Màster Art Sound, Facultat de Belles Arts, Universitat Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain;
Course "filming 16mm" by Distrukur in Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria;
Course "Painting lab - painting inquiry" by Varda Caivano inInternationale Sommera kademie für BildendeKunst Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria;
1995 - 2000
BA Graphics , Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
Art is my way of expressing my concepts & perspectives in life. Life is full of images; through my art I try to capture the essence of those images on canvas. Abstract is my keyword. Nature is my inspiration. Mind, shapes, and imaginations are my basic elements. My digital art explores the magic of our heritage in a new contemporary vision & give ‘rebirth’ to old & traditional icons; with the genuine use of colors, calligraphy, icons, & patterns. Through my artwork I try to bring to life the beauty of old times, the depth of memorable images in a modern unique vision. Thus text & calligraphy are features that I use. The strong impact of words merged with the patterns make the piece of art a true illustration of my perspectives. All is one & one is all… Observing different elements & shapes in nature my minds start to work. My imagination starts to see manifestation beyond what we normally see; the invisible in the visible. I capture these manifestations, reduce them to their basic forms, blend them again creating something completely new full of life and movement. Creating an original piece of art that combines the essence of an idea & the emotion of my inner consciousness. The result is originality, something you have never seen before. Each one experiences these new illustrations depending on his imagination, beliefs, & perspective in life. And that’s the beauty of Abstract art. Being different is thinking different. In my artwork everything is possible. Any color is allowed. All shapes, forms & colors can be mixed together. In Art a fish doesn’t have to be in the sea. Everything I observe or experience in life inspires me; everyday small details, everything surrounding us, time, heritage, and memories. I hope to make people see things that their eyes usually don’t see; showing them images of what they feel. I wish to deliver my perceptions to the world; and Art is my way. Hoping that people start to feel the essence of things, only then they will see their own images in life.